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Juno wrote:
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Wow, with everyone's help, I may get started soon, but here's my first
questions:

Does the Kwik Sew book use US measurements as opposed to metric? It's a
bit off-putting to see that the sizes go from 4 - 12. What kind of
sizing is this?

Myrna


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Myrna wrote:

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Similar to RTW, which jumps from "Toddler 2" to "Child 14".  Kwik
Sew offers instruction on How To Measure:

http://www.kwiksew.com/techinfo/measure/measure.htm
measuring for children:
http://www.kwiksew.com/techinfo/measure/children.htm

and gives a standard child's measurement chart (scroll down the
page):

Imperial:
http://www.kwiksew.com/techinfo/standard.htm

Metric:
http://www.kwiksew.com/techinfo/metric.htm

There is *no* way around having to measure.  Really.  You *must*
measure the person for whom you are intending to make a garment
in order to purchase or trace-off the correct pattern size.

HTH,

Beverly




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Look at the measurement chart in the book; usually sizes are listed in both
US and metric.  If not, let us know and someone will give them to you.
Emily



Re: Sewing for a toddler. Need easy patterns
I can't tell you how much this "conversation" helped me decide to sew
for my new granddaughter!  Used to sew for my daughters--40 years
ago--and have even given away my sewing machines.  But, now I am
inspired to buy a new machine (any suggestions?) and find some simple
patterns, perhaps summer p.j. or jumpers and get sewing.  Hope you will
give me lots of advice as I go.

Liz

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Elizabeth Tudor wrote:
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You won't regret it, Liz.  Sewing for granddaughters is possibly the
most fun of all!

Doreen in Alabama

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Doreen:  Thanks!  I am now committed.

Liz in Boston

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Liz, there's a "what sewing machine" faq in the archives, or at
http://www.cet.com/~pennys/faq/smfaq.htm that may be useful to you.
I'm going to suggest, however, that you also might want to try a few
sergers while you're out shopping -- they're sort of the microwaves
of sewing, and they literally do make it faster to make a simple garment
than wash and dry one.  And they'll do things like make short work of
miles of ruffles that had to be hemmed and gathered, or attach elastic
to waist and cuffs, or... or... or...  (Can you thread a sewing machine?
Can you thread it 4 or 5 times?  If so, you can thread a serger!).

Welcome back to sewing!

Kay


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Kay, Thank you.  That FAQ is most helpful.  I've printed it out and will
try to read it over this afternoon.    Liz

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Elizabeth Tudor wrote:
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Dear Liz, Welcome back and don't forget to bring your questions to us.
You're not going to get better help than you'll find here. We have many
fine people who can give you a hand. I want to suggest to both you and
Myrna that you check us out at alt.sewing as well. It's a bit more
active group. Same people just more posts for some reason.
Both these groups have come to my rescue more times than I can count.
I know you'll love sewing for your grands. They just appreciate
everything you do so much.
Liz how old is your Granddaughter?  If she's a tiny one you may find
that the Kwik Sew book for babies great for patterns.
Juno

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Juno:  My granddaughter is 8 months old.  Where can I get the Kwik Sew
pattern book for babies?  I looked at Kwik Sew on line but didn't see
much for babies.

Liz

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Elizabeth Tudor wrote:
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Liz,
I just found this one yesterday when looking for something else on
Denver fabrics. This is the best price I've ever seen for Sewing for
Babies. $15.37
http://www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=001&Category_Code=EAG
They also have Sewing for Toddlers and Sewing for Children on the same page.
Myrna you might want to take a look also.
I like www.sewbaby.com and http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/ for
children's fabric.
Juno

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Go to  www.half.com  *NAYY!!!*  type kwik sew into the book search and
you'll find a  new, never used copy for $10.00.  There's also baby and
children books as well as the toddler.....and more. When I am looking for a
book I always check this site first, I've only been disappointed if the book
wasn't listed. I can tell you I've been ordering books from this site for
over ten years and not once had a problem. I've also recommended it to many
of my friends and they haven't had a problem either. It's now run by eBay
but it's not an auction site, I think they are somehow associated with
Amazon.com, too. Anyway, it's worth a try to see what you can find for the
least amount of money.

Hope this helps,
Val


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Val wrote:
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Juno

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Val wrote:
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They're also great.  www.hamiltonbook.com is also great for sewing
books, and I frequent www.abebooks.com (international) and
www.alibris.com as well.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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There's also http://www.needleworkbooks.com /
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Pogonip wrote:
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Dear Melinda and Joanne, Many thanks for more book sites. I'm always
looking for books. They are my passion.
Juno

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http://www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=001&Category_Code=EAG
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If you don't mind used, check over on http://www.abe.com -- as low as
a couple of bucks.  Just make sure to ask if the patterns are in the book.


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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Thanks Kay, Used is always fine with me.
Juno

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Elizabeth Tudor wrote:
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Liz,

My DD is 10 months old - her chest size is already 20" - which is what
as given as size T1 in the Kwik Sew toddler book. I haven't had time to
finish measuring her to see how well a T1 size would fit all over, but I
think it would be worth measuring your GDD to see how much use the
babies book would be - she might grow out of the patterns sooner than
you think!

Sarah

Re: Sewing for a toddler. Need easy patterns
Everybody:  Thank you again so much for all the resources!

Liz

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